In the 2006 movie, Glory Road, Coach Haskins tells his players:
It is not just about talent, it is about heart.
It is about who can go out their and play the hardest.
no one is going to give you anything, you have to go out there and take it.
The MVP race in the NBA is very close. No one is going to give it to any player, they are going to have to go out there and take it.
Top 5 MVP Candidates.
#5) Joel Embiid: Joel is 24 years old, and he is the best center in the NBA. Embiid is averaging 27.3 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 blocked shots per game. He is shooting 30% from three point range, and 81% from the free throw line. The former Kansas Jayhawks star, can be a stretch 5 and he is not a liability at the end of the game because he can make his free throws at a high level. He has no weaknesses on offense and is becoming a nightmare matchup for every defender. The 76ers have a great chance of getting to the NBA finals.
#4) Nikola Jokic: The Denver Nuggets are 39-18 and 2nd in the Western Conference. Most experts didn’t even have them making the playoffs in the pre-season. Jokic is leading the team in almost every offensive category. He is averaging 20.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. “The Joker” appears to move in slow motion at times but he reminds me of a bigger Larry Bird. He is not the shooter Bird was but he is always one or two steps ahead of the defense. He deserves a lot of the credit for Denver’s success.
3) James Harden: The Rockets have talent on their roster but they have been a one man show for most of the season. Harden is averaging 36.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. Harden is an elite offensive talent but as we have seen last year, when it comes to the post-season, you have to do more than just be a scorer.
#2) Paul George: The Oklahoma City Thunder have a record of 37-20. They are 2rd in the Western Conference. This is now Paul George’s team. He has been playing “lights out” over the past 3 months. The former Indiana Pacer is averaging 28.7 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.3 assists per game. He never seems to take a bad shot and there is not one defender who can stop him night in and night out. I would not be surprised if the Thunder make it to the Western Conference finals or if George wins the MVP.
#1) Giannis Antetokounmpo: Milwaukee Bucks have the best record in the NBA. At 44-14, they don’t appear to be slowing down at all. “The Greek Freak” is putting up numbers that are Hall of Fame worthy. Giannis is averaging 27.2 points, 12.7 rebounds and 6 assists per contest. He is not a great shooter but he is starting to increase his range. If he can develop a consistent 20 to 25 foot jump shot he will win multiple MVP award. Giannis is the best two way player in the NBA.